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Fair trade Is regulating the commodities trade utopian?

Demand for natural resources has left the door open for human rights abuses in some countries. But should commodities specialists be held accountable for practices abroad that wouldn’t be acceptable where they are headquartered?

Traders now represent three per cent of Switzerland’s GDP. Is it possible to imagine exploiting resources without some form of international accord? Would forcing companies to adhere to Swiss values, possibly encouraging them to leave the country for better conditions elsewhere, be naive or necessary?

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